This is Direct Support Professional Raegen Swink’s third year at Rainbows and she is using her past experiences at Camp Woodchuck to help make this year’s Woodchuck Adventure a success.
2019: “A normal day at Camp Woodchuck started with greeting our children with special needs and their families in the morning, checking in on the kids and just chatting with the parents,” said Raegen. “From there we followed our schedule doing various art projects, science experiments, singing choir songs, and sometimes getting to enjoy water play. The more exciting days involved field trips or even our Talent Show and Fashion Show.”
2020: “Due to the circumstances with COVID-19, this summer I am building packets with activities, videos, and virtual events for Camp staff and our children with special needs to do one-on-one together at the child’s home,” said Raegen. “While this is a change from last year, we are still creating art, exploring far-away lands, singing, playing and performing.”
“Raegen works really hard to show our kids they can be successful,” said Tiffany Graf, Camp Director. “This year is no different. While she is not hands-on with the kids, she is committed to doing everything she can to make sure they have a memorable summer experience. Rainbows is lucky to have Raegen using her creativity and outside the box thinking to create this year’s Camp experience.”
Raegen found out about Rainbows through a close friend and mentor at a school district where she worked. “I have a mentor who knows our Camp Director and suggested that if I wanted to get great experience that I should apply for Rainbows’ Camp Woodchuck,” said Raegen. “I hadn’t worked with children with special needs before, but felt like it would be a good fit. Now I come back each summer because it’s become more than a job. I love the kids and my co-workers and it’s truly enjoyable for me to spend my summers with them.”
Raegen has an Associates of Arts from Connors State College and is working towards a Bachelors in K-12 Physical Education from Wichita State. Softball is one of her passions. “I love sports, especially softball. I grew up playing and eventually went to college on a scholarship for it.”